Scott Adding Muscle

While the 2010 recruiting class has been going full steam ahead, don't think PonyStampede.com is quite ready to stop talking about the 2009 recruiting class. Today, we talk with safety James Scott about his workouts this spring and his goals for his freshman year. If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out!

If it's 2009 recruit James Scott's dream to play early at SMU, the incoming freshman is on the right path. Scott has been working very hard this summer to bulk up and improve his quickness. Both things that he will have to do to get a chance to play early as a Mustang.

"I have been going to a workout place called Plex. It's near where I live. The other days I have been doing the SMU workout," stated Scott to PonyStampede.com. "I was about 180 to 183 last year. Now I'm about 6'1 and 190 pounds. I have also been really trying to work on my quickness and speed. I want to get my feet faster. "

When asked whether it was muscle or maybe some extra pounds of food, Scott just laughed and said muscle. At the rate he is going, C-USA running backs and receivers won't be laughing when the Houston Strake Jesuit product hits them.

"I'm just looking forward to getting out there and actually getting a chance to work. I haven't been on the field for a while," said the 2009 recruit. "My biggest goal is to just know the system front to back. It doesn't matter if I play right away. Red-shirting isn't that bad of a thing, but if they need me to play, I will be ready."

Like most incoming freshman to a college, Scott is a little nervous about setting foot on the Hilltop.

"I'm really excited and nervous to. I have some friends who are already going there, so that should help a little," said Scott. "Plus, I have one of my great friends Darius Johnson coming with me, so it should be fun."

One of the hardest things for a graduating senior football player, is to watch spring practices when he knows he will never put his high school jersey back on. Scott struggled with this in the spring, but had a unique opportunity that helped with the transition.

It was pretty hard watching this spring, but I was one of the counselors on the team, so it was nice to be still around the football program," said the future D-1 safety. "Being a counselor I have learned that I can maybe push myself a little harder. I push these guys quite a bit. It has really taught me what a coach goes through."


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